Tuesday, August 20, 2013

NFL Preseason Predictions 2013: Panthers vs Ravens [UPDATED]

Carolina Panthers vs Baltimore Ravens: BAL -3 (Pinnacle)

Market Watch 

The line opened at -3, but there are signs that this number could move. I'd be surprised if money came in on the dog unless John Harbaugh shocks us with some unexpected lineup news. It's still early, but so far a whopping 81% of the bets have come in on the home team. As we know, the '3' isn't a key number in the preseason so I won't be shocked if we see some movement on the Ravens leading up to kickoff.

FULL ANALYSIS

Bottom Line 

This is a point spread I just don't understand. All things being equal, the Ravens have an advantage with their starters in the first half, and an even bigger one in the second half. They also have a coach with a track record for winning these dress rehearsal games, get to play at home, with a clear agenda to put up some points on offense.

The Panthers do have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, but I'm not sure they can just flick a switch on offense and suddenly turn it around. Their coach is curiously detached from the obvious pressure he's facing and their backup quarterbacks leave a lot to be desired.

NFL Pick: Ravens -3.